Olympian Masse breaks own record twice on Day 1 of U SPORTS Swimming Championship

Olympian Masse breaks own record twice on Day 1 of U SPORTS Swimming Championship

SHERBROOKE (U SPORTS) – Six U SPORTS championship records were broken out of the 12 events on the first night of finals held at the University of Sherbrooke Sports Centre.

WEBSITE (including complete results): http://en.usports.ca/championships/swim/index  

Olympian Katerine Savard of the Montreal Carabins led the way with two records in as many events, winning the 100m butterfly and the 200m freestyle. In the same event on the men's side, the UBC Thunderbirds' men's team also placed two on the podium, with Olympians Yuri Kisil and Markus Thormeyer  winning gold and silver, only a few tenths of a second from the championship record.

In the 50m backstroke, the defending champion, Rio Olympics medalist and U SPORTS 2015-2016 athlete of the year Kylie Masse broke her own record twice in the day, with her best time of 26.53. On the men's side, the torpedo Pascal-Hugo Caron-Cantin from Laval University won the event in a time of 24.67, ahead of Markus Thormeyer on his way to his second medal of the evening.

In the 100m breaststroke, Nick Kostiuk of the University of Alberta Golden Bears broke the championship record set in 2013 with a time of 59.07, defeating defending champion Eli Wall of the University of Toronto.

UBC athletes dominated the 400m medley by winning four medals. The Ottawa Gee-Gees swimmer Montana Champagne, ranked 6th, caused quite an upset by easily winning the event ahead of both UBC favourites.

In the women's relays, the Montreal swimmers dominated the evening at freestyle by breaking the championship records by two seconds with a time of 3: 36.34, ahead of UBC and Toronto. The UBC men then took their revenge, by overtaking Toronto and Montreal and smashing the record by 3 seconds.

The UBC Thunderbirds were dominant in the first night of the championship. They succeeded in placing at least one swimmer on the podium in 11 of the 12 events (both men's and women's), in addition to leading in both standings, thus dethroning Toronto, the 2016 champs. For the women, Montreal gained a solid 2nd place ahead of Toronto and Calgary, with the latter universities holding 2nd and 3rd places in the men's competition. 

The competition continues tomorrow with exciting events like the 50m butterfly and freestyle as well as the 100m backstroke, Olympian Kylie Masse's speciality event. Preliminary heats start again at 10:00 am and finals will take place at 6:00 p.m.

DAY 1 TEAM STANDINGS

Women

1. UBC 268
2. Montréal 158
3. Toronto 114
4. Calgary 111
5. Alberta 92
6. Laval 54
7. Regina 51
8. McMaster 37
9. McGill 32
10. Dalhousie 31
11. Western 30.5
12. Manitoba 20
13. UQAM 14
13. Memorial 14
15. Victoria 12
15 Laurentian 12
17. Wilfrid Laurier 11.5
18. Guelph 8
19. Ottawa 6
20. Lethbridge 5
21. Sherbrooke 4 

Men (Nelson C. Hart Trophy)

1. UBC 247.5
2. Toronto 185.5
3. Calgary 139
4. Western 103
5. Montréal 60
6. Alberta 57
7. Laval 49
8. Regina 36
8. Sherbrooke 36
10. McGill 35
11. Ottawa 34
12. Guelph 30
13. Laurentian 24
14. Victoria 13
15. Waterloo 12
15. Dalhousie 12
17. McMaster  6
18. Lethbridge 3
19. Queen's 2
20. York 1

INDIVIDUAL MEDALISTS (Friday) 

Women 200m freestyle 
1. Katerine Savard, Montréal, 1:54,91 (U SPORTS Championships record)
2. Érika Seltenreich-Hodgson, UBC, 1:55,91
3. Danica Ludlow, Calgary 1:56,77

Men 200m freestyle
1. Yuri Kisil, UBC, 1:44,10
2. Markus Thormeyer, UBC, 1:44,20 
3. David Riley, Western, 1:46,58

Women 50m back
1. Kylie Masse, Toronto, 26,53 (U SPORTS Championships record)
2. Ingrid Wilm, UBC, 26,90
3. Rachel Rode, Toronto, 27,81

Men 50m back
1. Pascal-Hugo Caron-Cantin, Laval, 24,67
2. Christopher Courtis, Calgary, 24,73
3. Markus Thormeyer, UBC, 25,13

Women 100m breaststroke
1. Kesley Wog, Manitoba, 1:06,06
2. Erin Stamp, UBC, 1:06,16
3. Tianna Rissling, Calgary, 1:06,29

Men 100m breaststroke

1. Nick Kostiuk, Alberta, 59,07 (U SPORTS Championships record)
2. Eli Wall, Toronto, 59,29
3. Warren Mayer, UBC, 59,62

Women 100m butterfly

1. Katerine Savard, Montréal, 57,98 (U SPORTS Championships record)
1. Hannah Genich, Toronto, 59,11
3. Georgia Kidd, Alberta, 59,15

Men 100m butterfly
1. Coleman Allen, UBC, 52,13 
2. Matthew Dans, Toronto, 52,69
3. Gamal Assaad, Western, 52,72

Women 400m medley
1. Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson, UBC, 4:37,05
2. Megan Dalke, UBC, 4:41,83
3. Lauren Teghtsoonian, Calgary, 4:43.19

Men 400m medley
1. Montana Champagne, Ottawa, 4:10,15
2. Luke Reilly, UBC, 4:12,23
3. Jonathan Brown, UBC, 4:13,09

Women 4 x 100m relay freestyle 
1. Montréal, 3:36,34 (U SPORTS Championships record)
(Katerine Savard, Camille Bergeron-Miron, Ariane Mainville, Sandrine Mainville)
2. UBC, 3:40,78
(Quincy Brozo, Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson, Ingrid Wilm, Erin Stamp)
3. Toronto, 3:43,02
(Sarah Polley, Kylie Masse, Rachel Rode, Olivia Sbaraglia)

Men 4 x 100m relay freestyle 

1. UBC, 3:12.92 (U SPORTS Championships record)
(Markus Thormeyer, Coleman Allen, Yuri Kisil, Luke Peddie)
2. Toronto, 3:16,64
(Matthew Dans, Cameron Kidd, Scott McGillivray, Mitchell Ferraro)
3. Montréal, 3:20.31
(Marc-André Benoît, Jonathan McGarrell, Antoine Bernard-Lalonde, Liam Desjarlais)

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